Daryl Thomas and other audio

Former Indiana forward Daryl Thomas was at the McDonald’s All-American game on Wednesday night, serving as an assistant coach for the West team under legendary St. Joseph’s coach Gene Pingatore. I did a catch-up story on him for tomorrow’s paper. Here’s the opening excerpt from that.

CHICAGO — Daryl Thomas had no reason to believe he’d ever be this involved in this game again.

Like most participants, he treated the McDonald’s All-American Game he played in 1983 like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After all, you’re only a high school senior once. What could ever bring you back to it?

The answer, Thomas learned, is working for a legendary high school coach.

Thomas, a former Indiana player and 1983 McDonald’s All-American, returned to the event on Wednesday at Chicago’s United Center as an assistant coach. Gene Pingatore,, the renowned coach of St. Joseph High School in the Chicago suburb of Westchester, Ill., was selected as the head coach for the West team and brought his assistants to help coach the team.

That included Thomas.

“That’s an amazing experience,” the 45-year-old Thomas said. “You never think you’re gonna ever go back. After you play, you never think you’ll have the opportunity. But being around coach Pingatore, once again, good things happen.”

And here’s some audio from several interviews from that story, which includes Thomas and Pingatore talking about Cody Zeller.

AUDIO: Daryl Thomas

AUDIO: Gene Pingatore

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  1. Hugh and Dustin: Just wondering where “Hoosier Morning” has gone. Is that something that you only do during football and basketball season?

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